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Eliot, T. S.: Conversation Galante

Portre of Eliot, T. S.

Conversation Galante (English)

I observe: "Our sentimental friend the moon!

Or possibly (fantastic, I confess)

It may be Prester John's balloon

Or an old battered lantern hung aloft

To light poor travellers to their distress."

  She then: "How you digress!"


And I then: "Some one frames upon the keys

That exquisite nocturne, with which we explain

The night and moonshine; music which we seize

To body forth our vacuity."

  She then: "Does this refer to me?"

  "Oh no, it is I who am inane."


"You, madam, are the eternal humorist,

The eternal enemy of the absolute,

Giving our vagrant moods the slightest twist!

With your aid indifferent and imperious

At a stroke our mad poetics to confute--"

  And--"Are we then so serious?"

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